The modern tragedy is that the procedures that revolutionized science happen to be disastrous when applied anywhere else.
Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.
The repetition is the tragedy: the first time is the farce.
Failing to convince others is the minor problem with argument; the major one is convincing yourself.
What you call hypocrisy I call hedging against the possibility that one’s beliefs are in error.
Most of what we are told is better than nothing is in fact far worse.
The crank cannot be refuted, only dismissed.
Whatever the fanatic permits himself is a duty: whatever he denies himself is a crime.
A belief no fact can sink no fact can float.
The good cause that leads to bad outcomes may not be all that good a cause.
A very few rigorous social processes — scientific method, trial by jury — converge on truth reliably. Argument is not among them.